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New Forest Awakening Festival

Join us in tackling the nature and climate emergencies

Virtual, throughout February 2021

New Forest organisations, businesses and charities are taking you behind the scenes to learn about the nature and climate emergencies – and everyone’s invited.

The New Forest Awakening Festival led by the New Forest National Park Authority with a range of partners is an online festival throughout February.

People can discover why the New Forest is so special, its role in the climate and nature emergencies, what people are already doing to protect it and how everyone can help.

Highlights include:

  • Discover the RSPB’s secret forest in the north of the National Park
  • Immerse yourself in New Forest nature with beautiful soundscapes
  • Join a celebration of the achievements of the £4m Our Past Our Future lottery scheme, which has restored habitats and inspired hundreds of volunteers
  • Find out how to move your business towards ‘net zero’
  • Go wild with National Park rangers as they stage an Instagram takeover
  • Enjoy a special screening of a film about travelling sustainably followed by Q&A with the Director
  • Learn how to set up a low carbon community action group
  • Consider applying for a New Forest National Park Authority micro grant for nature and sustainability projects.

The New Forest National Park Authority made a declaration of intent to champion action with partners and communities towards the National Park being ‘net zero with nature’ by 2050. Net zero is achieved when any harmful greenhouse gas emissions are balanced by an equivalent amount being absorbed by the atmosphere and landscape.

The Festival is about increasing people’s understanding of the issues in the New Forest and how we can all help respond to the nature and climate crises.

The New Forest is beginning to awaken for spring: we’re awakening our awareness of nature and climate issues; and we’re awakening our action to help protect our precious landscape. We hope lots of people will get involved.’

With more events added daily, check out the New Forest Awakening Festival programme.

Search for @newforestnpa for updates on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

If you missed any events or would like to see or hear them again, please go to our page with a list of links to the recordings. 


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